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Superintendent Endorsement

The UIC Department of Educational Policy Studies offers the Superintendent Endorsement to students pursuing the Ed.D. degree as well as non-degree graduate students and is approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

Prerequisites Heading link

  • Valid administrator license
  • At least two years of experience working as a licensed principal, director of special education, chief school business official, or other administrative position
  • Master’s degree, or doctoral degree earned without first earning a master’s degree satisfies the requirement.

How to Apply Heading link

If you are interested in learning whether pursuing the Superintendent Endorsement at UIC is the right match for you, we encourage you to fill out an interest form. At the end of the interest form, you will see a prompt to submit your resume to the Program Coordinator, Dr. Cynthia Barron ( Shortly after your submission, she will contact you to set up a phone call to learn more about your background. For any questions about the program, do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Barron.

Applications are reviewed annually. Accepted candidates will form cohorts allowing for networking advantages as they complete required coursework and the yearlong (12 month) superintendent internship experience.

Pursuing the endorsement as a non-degree student Heading link

To pursue the Superintendent endorsement as a non-degree student, you must apply for non-degree status with the UIC Graduate College. See the application for graduate non-degree student status on the UIC Admissions website for more information. The graduate non-degree deadline to start in the Spring Semester is November 15.